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Where to Eat at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

Terminal E at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Terminal E at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
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Much has changed since May, including our Airport Dining Guide. Check out Eater Houston's most recent dining guide for George Bush Intercontinental Airport here.


eater-airport-dining-guides.pngFor people who've found themselves stuck in George Bush Intercontinental Airport, here are some places to find 1) breakfast tacos and coffee, 2) a stiff drink, 3) a quick burger or 5) all of the above. Because luckily, you're at the "big" airport, where food options abound. Just in time for the summer travel season, here are some airport eateries offering up pre-flight bites.

First on the list are six standouts located between Terminals A - E, these are followed by a longer list of spots within each terminal, broken down by type.

Six Standouts

legrandcomptoir.jpg1) Le Grand Comptoir: Choose from several by-the-glass wine options by night, and order a croissant and pot of French-press coffee in the AM at this French bistro and wine bar. It's a quick, sleek spot to grab a bite without sacrificing high-end menu options like baked Camembert and crab cakes. Hours: 6:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Monday - Sunday. [Post-security; Terminal C, near gates 29-33]
[Fly2Houston/Official Site]


Screen_Shot_2013-02-11_at_4.46.26_PM.png2) 3rd Bar Oyster & Eating House: Here, (almost) Reef-quality seafood is made convenient, even as you're about to board the plane. Revered Houston chef and restaurateur Bryan Caswell also shows hints of his other Houston concepts too, with El Real-style Tex-Mex for breakfast and Little Big's sliders for a convenient, on-the-go lunchtime option. Hours: 6:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday. [Post-security; Terminal B, near gates B1 - B31]


1140838.jpg3) La Tapenade: For everything from hummus to wraps and specialty cheeses, this is where to go to satisfy a Mediterranean craving. Or just grab some fresh-baked bread, brie and cured meat to make your own tasty sandwich. Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday. [Post-security; Terminal E, near gates E2-E9]
[Fly2Houston/Official Site]


cat-coras.jpg4) Cat Cora's Kitchen: The Iron Chef created a tasty menu of options for those looking for lighter fare. Cora proves that two often reviled food groups: airport dining and healthy fare, can actually be pretty good. Find cocktails, steak tacos, lobster mac & cheese, tapas and gourmet sandwiches here. Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. [Post-security; Terminal E, near gates E10 and 11]
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0523Fruteria.jpg5) The Fruteria y Botanero: San Antonio chef Johnny Hernandez will help to satisfy some serious Tex-Mex cravings before you take flight. For morning travelers: find fresh fruit & veggie juices, fruit cups and Mexican coffee. For those catching the "red eye" who are in need of some on-board sleep time: have a torta, tostada and/or a fresh fruit tequila cocktail. Hours: 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday-Sunday.
[Post-security; Terminal B, near gates B1 - B31]


urban-crave.jpg6) Urban Crave: As the description suggests, the "street-inspired" food here is not gourmet or fancy, but it satisfies a craving for fatty, filling bites prepared by an executive chef. They've got stuffed-patty burgers, fancy hot dogs, bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers and lighter bites like ceviche and fish tacos. Hours: 6:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday. [Post-security; Terminal C, near gates 29-33 ]
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Terminal A

Quick bite/Snacks

· The Grove: Your spot for frozen yogurt, healthy snacks and ice cream. Post-security, north and south court area, near gates A17-24.
· Panchito's: Fairly typical Tex-Mex offerings. Post-security, north and south food court areas.
· Pizzeria Uno: Pretty decent pizza, pastas, soups and salads. Post-security, north and south food court areas.

Fast Casual/Bars

· Flite 281 Spirts + Bistro: Wine, beer, coffee and a small menu of light bites. Post-security; north, near gates A8-15.
· Stadium City Bar & Grill: lots of televisions, full service restaurant/bar. Pre-security, near the ticketing lobby
· Fuddrucker's: Burgers of all kinds where you can pick the toppings. Post-security, north food court.
· Riggers Tavern: sandwiches, snacks and pastries plus a full bar. Post-security, near gate A26.
· Chili's Too: Full service bar and restaurant - Chili's menu served. Post-security, south food court.
· Lotus Express: Food-court style American-Chinese food. There to satisfy a craving for egg rolls. Post-security, south food court.


Terminal B

Quick bite/Snacks

· Panchito's: Fairly typical Tex-Mex offerings. Post-security, food court area.
· Pizzeria Uno: Pretty decent pizza, pastas, soups and salads. Post-security, food court area.
· Schlotzky's Deli: Sandwiches, salads and pizza. Post-security, food court area.
· Shipley's Donuts: Houston's most famous donuts and kolaches. Post-security, food court area.
· Whataburger: The iconic Texas fast-food joint in an airport. Grab the honey butter chicken biscuit for breakfast. Post-security, near gates B1 - B31

Fast Casual/Bars

· Barcuterie: chilled meats and classic cheeses in a bar seating Post-security, near gates B1 - B31.
· Bunk House Cafe: airport bar with food and such. Post-security, by gates B84-B91.
· Chili's Too: Chili's menu, plus a bar. Full service. Post-security, near B84-B91
· King Fisher: Nautical theme with a full bar and full service. Post-security, near B76-83

A Leisurely Meal


· 3rd Bar Oyster & Eating House: Breakfast tacos, sliders, seafood, cocktails. Post-security, Terminal B near gates B1 - B31

· The Fruteria y Botanero: Fresh fruit and juices, tortas, tapas, tequila Post-security, Terminal B near gates B1 - B31


Terminal C

Quick bite/Snacks

· Camden Food Co.: coffee, snacks, etc. - all to-go. Post-security, C14-C-23.
· Chili's To-Go: wraps, salads, sandwiches and drinks. Baggage claim area, pre-security (technically).
· Einstein's Bros. Bagels: Really good bagels with really good cream cheeses to schmear on top. Sandwiches and salads too. Post-security, C34-42.
· Popeye's: fried chicken and sides. Post-security, C14-C23.
· Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: fudge, candies and such. Post-security, C34-42.
· Upper Crust: bakery-style sandwiches, coffee, etc. to-go. Post-security, C43-45

Fast Casual/Bars

· La Salsa: made-to-order Mexican, margaritas and beers. Post-security, C34-42.
· The Real Food Company: decent for airport fare -Marche-style dining - Reubens, pulled pork, burritos, sushi, fresh cut fries and more. Post-security, C34-42.
· Z-Pizza: really good pizza, organic wheat crust and all. Post-security, C14-23.
· Mango Taco Truck: A food-truck inspired taco shop and bar. Post-security, C14-23

A Leisurely Meal

· Le Grand Comptoir: a "jazzy, eclectic atmosphere," and a good place to get wine and "bistro specialties." Full service.* Post-security, C29-33.
· Urban Crave: restaurant/bar with "hip, edgy vibe," with dishes like chipotle crab cakes, ceviche, "haute" dogs, origami rolls.* Post-security, C29-33.
· Bubba's Bayou Grill: fried catfish, oysters and seafood - Cajun style. Full service, with bar. Post-security, near Gates 14 to 23 and 34 to 42


Terminal D

Quick bite/Snacks

· Vito's Gourmet Deli: sandwiches and baked goods. Post-security, D9-12.

Fast Casual/Bars

· Vito's Bar & Deli: sandwiches, snacks and booze. Pre-security.
· Lefty's To-Go Grille: burgers, apps, salads and beer. Post-security, D1-6.

A Leisurely Meal

· Lefty's Lonestar Grill: burgers, bar food, booze. Full service. Post-security, D1-6


Terminal E

Quick bite/Snacks

· Auntie Anne's: you're stuck in the airport - now you have an excuse to eat those buttery, delicious, greasy pretzels. Post-security, E12-14.
· Einstein Bagels: Bagels with lox, sandwiches and coffee. Post-security, near gate E1
· Famous Famiglia Pizzeria: calzones, pizzas and pastas. Post-security, E1.
· Nestle Toll House Cafe: Baked treats like brownies and cookies. Post-security, E12-14.
· Panda Express: Fast Chinese food. Post-security, E1.
· Pappasito's Cantina: Tex-Mex from a well-known chain. Post-security, near gate E1.

Fast Casual/Bars

· Ruby's Diner: burgers, shakes, french fries and "rubyrings." Right at security checkpoint.
· Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen: Texas, Cajun seafood entrees. Full service, with bar. Post-security, E2, 3, 8, 9.

A Leisurely Meal

· Cat Cora's Kitchen: Lots of Greek influences and global cuisine found on the menu. Full service bar and restaurant. Near gates 10 & 11.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport

2800 North Terminal Road Houston, Texas

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